Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., appeared dissatisfied after President Biden announced his support for funding police departments on Tuesday night.

“The answer is not to defund the police, but to fund the police,” Biden said in his first State of the Union address to Congress. They must be funded. “Support them.”

“Fund them with the resources and training they require to protect our communities,” the president said.

While his message was met with applause from the audience, including a standing ovation from his party and Republicans, Democrats such as Bush said Biden has the wrong idea.

“With the utmost respect, Mr. President. “Not once did you mention saving Black lives in this speech,” Bush tweeted. “All our country has done is given more funding to police. The result? 2021 set a record for fatal police shootings.”

A prominent Black Lives Matter account shared a meme indicating that they, too, are dissatisfied with the president’s stance on the issue.

Other Democrats, however, including New York City Mayor Eric Adams and leaders in other liberal cities, have called for increased police budgets to combat crime.

Rep. Ritchie Torres, D-New York, told MSNBC that “the defund police movement is dead in New York City — and good riddance,” adding that “any elected official advocating for the abolition and/or even defunding of police is out of touch with reality and should not be taken seriously.”

Similarly, Congresswoman Val Demings, D-Fla., a former chief of the Orlando Police Department, used Biden’s remarks to advocate for increased funding for law enforcement, even touting her new legislation to that effect.

“Public safety is the foundation on which we build great communities,” she tweeted, followed by a link to her bill, which would provide grants to municipalities to help with de-escalation, domestic violence, and officer safety trainings, among other things.

Republicans appear to be taking advantage of this opportunity to categorize Democrats and criticize them for abandoning the idea of defunding.

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., asked, “Is the entire Democratic Party going to act like they haven’t just defunded and demonized the police for the last two years?” #SOTU.”

Biden began his remarks on policing in America with a story about how he visited the NYPD days after the funerals for two of its officers, Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera, who were killed after a man opened fire on them with a stolen gun.

Rising crime in some major US cities has prompted Democratic leaders to reverse course or oppose funding for police departments.

But Biden also aimed to appease critics of police when he touched on two controversial arrest tactics that have gained notoriety following the death of several Black Americans. Officers in Louisville stormed unannounced into the apartment of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman and paramedic, fatally shooting her after her boyfriend fired on them thinking they were intruders in 2020.

Recently, several Minneapolis police officers have come under fire after a SWAT team executed a no-knock warrant at a downtown apartment, shooting and killing Amir Locke, a 22-year-old Black man.

Bodycam footage from the Feb. 2 incident showed police storming in, then announcing their presence and seeing Locke, a Black man, who was visibly shaken after being jolted awake. According to Minneapolis police, officers were following up on a tip involving a murder case, but Locke’s name was not mentioned in the warrant.

During a February press conference, civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents Locke’s parents, said, “The blood of Amir Locke, the blood of Breonna Taylor, should hopefully call for a ban on no-knock warrants all over the country, President Biden.”

On Tuesday, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., introduced a bill named after Locke that would limit no-knock warrants.

She unveiled the Amir Locke End Deadly No-Knock Warrants Act just hours before Biden’s speech. It would impose “severe restrictions on the use of no-knock warrants in drug-related investigations.”

The bill has an immediate impact on federal agencies, but it would also allow for grant funding for state and local law enforcement. In addition, Biden emphasized his American Rescue Plan, which he claimed provided more than a quarter billion dollars to cities, states, and counties for hiring more cops and investing in “proven” strategies.